Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

American Lady Butterfly

Vanessa virginiensis

Description:

The American Lady butterfly is similar to the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), but with 2 large (rather than 4 medium) eyespots on the underside hindwing. Adults nectar almost exclusively on flowers.

Habitat:

Southern U.S. - Migrates and temporarily migrates to the northern U.S.. Low vegetation; meadows, vacant lots, woodland edges. Host Plants: Sunflower family everlasting (Gnaphalium obtusifolium), pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), plantain-leaved pussy toes (Antennaria plantaginifolia), wormwood (Artemisia), ironweed (Vernonia), and burdock (Arctium).

Notes:

Observed on Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum).

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

2 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fantastic capture!

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Simply GORGEOUS!

Small Wonders
Spotted by
Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team